On August 30th 2015 the horror community and filmmaking world has lost a great, not just a great but a master of horror. Wes Craven died of brain cancer at the age of 76.
Believe me horrorfiends I am just as shocked and saddened as you if not more. The man was a legend, for he gave us so many enjoyable horror films, and though some of them were not as good as others, most of his output was enjoyable and he created nightmares for us all for practically 30 years! Hell the man gave the world a icon of horror, a icon that has since been synonymous the world “nightmare” he gave us Freddy krueger.
And not only did he give us so many horror films and freddy Krueger but the mans roster of horror films is quite impressive from Last house on the left, Hills have eyes, Swamp Thing, Deadly Blessing, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, Deadly Friend, Shocker, Serpent and the rainbow (personally favorite of mine) People under the stairs, Vampire in Brooklyn, New Nightmare, SCREAM and Red Eye. Also the man is responsible for jumpstarting the horror genre not once but three times! once in the 70s with the brutal and disturbing rape revenge film “Last House on the Left” again in the 80s with A nightmare on Elm Street and finally in the 90s with the popular meta slasher “Scream”, The man was a godsend to the horror genre so its quite painful that he has left us.
But most of all my fellow horrorfiends the reason this hurts me badly is because this man was a inspiration to me. He could peddle nightmares and create monsters with ease. Where he was is where i dream to be someday with my horror movie making and many short horror films ive made. He was a hero to me, and if anything his death makes me want to make more horror films, create more monsters and peddle more nightmares even with my microbudgets and extreme obscurity to someday be where he was.
Thank you Mr. Craven and rest in peace. I hope horrorfans and fellow filmmakers everyone see you in our dreams…or better yet…our nightmares. – James J. Coker
For all those horror fans who are southern California natives, you might have heard of a wonderful little place in Los Angeles called the Jumpcut Cafe. It was a cafe that was a hangout for many horror filmmakers in the L.A. area and horror fans to come, eat food, write scripts and they even had horror film screenings there too. I have been to this wonderful place numerous times and have met some cool horror filmmakers and screen writers there. It was a wonderful place to meet like minded horror fans and filmmakers who love and talked passionately about many of the same horror movies you could love.
Sadly the news just broke that they shall be closing there doors over this weekend.
The jumpcut cafe was a great place for those who love the horror genre. It was like those tv sitcoms where like minded characters always meet up and have a great time and sadly the sitcom is being cancelled. Now i know this might not seem like a typical obscure horror movie post here but believe me this news hurts and I just have to share it.
My first cool experience with the Jumpcut cafe was going with my best friend Doug waugh for a screening of a documentary on the Video Nastys ban in England, that is where i met the director of the film and even was surprised at seeing filmmakers there that i have read about and even some people from the Dreadcentral website. From there i frequented more and more with my friend Doug to even more screenings they had (films like Funhouse, Deadly Eyes, They Live, Tales from the Darkside and on 16MM projector no less) and meeting more filmmakers and genuine horror fans and just talking horror movies and filmmaking. I got good advice on putting personal problems and bearing your soul in a script from scriptwriter Jared Rivet and even got to meet Dreadcentral personality Andrew Kasch.
But my favorite memory of all was during October of 2013 and 2014 they had 12 hour horrorthon screenings there with old horror films and childrens halloween cartoons. the first year they had slasher movie cupcakes with Jason Voorhees or Michael Myers faces on them
And the last horrorthon right before a screening of “the Funhouse” the owner of the cafe Elric Kane gave out free beers for everyone and Emma Julia Jacobs gave out free copies of Fangoria magazine.
I honestly thought that with such cool events always happening at the Cafe i was sure they would stay in business and even go to another 12 hour horrorthon this coming October. Guess that wasnt the case. This news really brakes my heart because this was the only place i could go and feel like i was finally with like minded people with the same loves and passions as me, As a horror fan i never had that sense of community before and at Jumpcut i had that, I felt like i belonged. Goodbye Jumpcut Cafe you were a wonderful dream come true to me, a dream that has ended. you will be missed. – James J. Coker
Hey there horrorfiends! here is the new episode of Waugh and Coker where doug and I discuss the Stephen King classic CUJO and have a scary dog attack flashback scene ourselves!
If any of you can remember the video store days, then you can definitely remember going to blockbuster or hollywood video and going to the horror section and seeing all the horror cover art, some of which looked appealing, others looked generic, one such slasher movie to come out straight to video and in video stores during the last days of the video store was a little backwoods slasher movie called “Carver” directed by the grossly under-appreciated Franklin Guerrero Jr.
Carver concerns 5 twenty somethings camping in the mountain town of Halcyon Ridge, there they discover an old shed containing 16MM snuff films of some obese overall wearing redneck murdering several people in vicious ways, they soon discover that the films are indeed real and the murderous redneck is out to kill them.
Now i know this all might sound very very familiar to the casual horror fan but believe me this backwoods slasher film is quite brutal and very much for gorehounds. The death scenes throughout the film are very gory and cringe inducing. with nails to the forehead, stabbings, hand saws slowing decapitating victims, sledgehammers to the face repeatedly, screw drivers to the forehead, gore gun shot blasts to the face and seriously one of the most cringe inducing and grossest death scene ever….all ill say is it involves a character getting covered in poop and then a pair of pliers is taken to one of his testicles…
Not only are the death scenes incredibly graphic in this one but also the uncomfortable backwoods atmosphere of it all really gets under your skin right from the beginning with a disturbing Blue grass song playing on repeat. Also this movie is filmed on digital video and it shows, now though some might say that look is bad but believe me the digital video look of the film really makes the gory, brutal backwoods nature of the film all the more uncomfortable. OH! and it has a good grim ending to it all. Seriously director Franklin Guerrero Jr. proves his worth with this film and his previous gory demon possession film “8th Plague” it is a damn shame he has not made any other horror films.
So if you want a backwoods slasher that is very brutal, gory and fucked up. Then Carver is right up your alley, just make sure you get the unrated version. – James J. Coker
The 1960s was no stranger to Hammer horror films and even many fun silly monster movies, one of which was from great Britain and stars Peter Cushing called “Island of Terror” this fun, silly and somewhat nightmarish little monster movie involved creatures that suck the bones out of you! im not kidding.
from imdb: A small island community is overrun with creeping, blobbish, tentacled monsters which liquefy and digest the bones from living creatures. The community struggles to fight back.
Now as a british monster movie from the 1960s, the pacing is a little slow at times and at times just a little talky, and the Monster FX may seem dated, but rest assured this “sucker” is alot of fun and the concept of slimy booger amoeba things sucking the bones out of people is both silly and yet somewhat nightmarish. And when said monsters called in the film “Silicates” suck the bones out of there victims, the sound of said a killing sounds like cans being crushed, which all the more adds to the fun horror of it all.
So if you want a dated yet fun little monster movie with a crazy concept, seek out Island of Terror..though sadly it has only been released in the US on VHS and in the UK on dvd. – James J. Coker
Hey there Horrorfiends! James J. Coker here with a brand new review for the blog, this time a little short film i saw today that blew my socks off. A very gross and GHOULISH short film called “The Security Guards” by Jody Fedele
This short is about two grave robbers who get more then they bargained for when they steal a treasure from a grave in a desolate cemetery at night.
Now this little short film is fucking awesome! it stars the always lovely and well known in the horror community horror actress Tiffany Shepis as a ultra greedy grave robber. But what really shines in the short film is just how bad it ends up for the two grave robbers. What comes to get them is anything short of Ghoulish in a very Creepshow/EC comics sort of way but it oddly turns really gross in a 1980s horror movie way with great use of practical effects that are reminiscent of the very latex and rubbery days of the 1980s. And the best part of it all is this short film is actually going to be apart of a another horror film featuring more crazy monsters and 80s style makeup FX called “The Monster Masher” coming soon from the short film director and FX man Jody Fedele. Check out this five minute slice of awesome right here – James J. Coker